Trobiano Takes Tri-State Billiards Win
Tri-State Tour / East Rutherford, NJ
Room owner John Trobiano triumphed at the January 8 stop of the Tri-State Tour to win the title over Gary Murgia in the final match. The $500-added 10-ball event garnered 37 players to Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ.
Trobiano had to come through the one-loss side, eliminating players such as Guy Iannuzzi hill-hill and Ted Lapadula 7-5 to reach the final four on the west side. On the right side of the chart, Murgia bested Ed Culhane in a double-hill match as Ricardo Mejia dealt a 7-5 loss to Jason Egeln. Murgia and Mejia met in the hot seat match, where Murgia emerged victorious with a convincing 7-4 win.
Another close match for Trobiano as he eliminated Egeln 7-5 to advance to the quarterfinal match against Jake Schwartz, who had just ousted Ed Culhane 7-4. He dispatched Schwartz 7-4 to meet up with Mejia and got through that match as well, this time 7-5. Trobiano was able to ride his momentum through the final match as he defeated Murgia in the race-to-9 finals 9-5.
1st John Trobiano $550
2nd Gary Murgia $350
3rd Ricardo Mejia $220
4th Jake Schwartz $140
5th Jason Egeln $100
7th Ted Lapadula $70